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Winston Baker and the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Announce 2018 Partnership

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Global industry organizations collaborate on multi-day event to be held in Los Angeles leading up to the Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Winston Baker, leading global producer of entertainment conferences, and the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), the industry association for film commissions worldwide, today announced a partnership to combine efforts in producing a multi-day event in Los Angeles for producers, distributors, commissioners, financiers and policy makers on March 1-2, 2018 at the W Hollywood Hotel, prior to the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony.

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"We're honored to be working with the new leadership team at AFCI and look forward to creating a series of events in conjunction with our 10th Annual Entertainment Finance Forum," said Katherine Winston, Co-Founder of Winston Baker. "We're excited about the opportunities this partnership brings as the AFCI represents incentives from more than 300 local, regional, and national film commission members across six continents," added Amy Baker, Co-Founder of Winston Baker.

Winston Baker's Entertainment Finance Forum will address finance, innovation and growth strategies within the film, television and digital sectors. Thought leaders will discuss emerging business models, evolving distribution platforms, investment opportunities in entertainment technology, such as AR, VR, AI, and the blockchain phenomenon, and the latest in global incentives.

In addition, AFCI will be presenting the inaugural Locations & Libations, where domestic and international film commissions will feature food and wine from their territories while providing information on filming locations and financial incentives.

"Finding new ways for film commissioners to communicate and collaborate with the production industry is fundamental to our mission," said AFCI Chief Operating Officer Jess Conoplia. "The partnership announced today with Winston Baker is an integral part of the AFCI's member activity in Los Angeles in Q1 next year, and will lead to a series of events worldwide designed to help our members succeed in today's highly competitive marketplace." 

About Winston Baker
Winston Baker produces conferences globally for the entertainment industry addressing strategies for innovation, finance and growth. For more information, visit

About the Association of Film Commissioners International
Founded in 1975, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) is committed to driving economic growth as the industry association for the more than 300 film commissions on six continents across the world. For more information, visit

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